“Crime and the City” means many things to many people. As Urban Studies and Planning majors, crime may be examined at several levels. These could be:
planning and design (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – CPTED)
as it relates to types of places (risky facilities, parks, public housing, schools, etc.)
as it relates to demographics and neighborhood-level issues (social justice)
The research is not limited to the above 3 categories; there are other aspects in the study of crime in an urban area which may be explored. Students may do research on a particular place and the public safety issues surrounding that place; or on a type of place (parks, schools, etc.). Conversely, students may want to research a specific crime problem and how it differs across a city or neighborhood.
Group page: RESEARCH TEAM: Crime and the City: New approaches in theory and practice (mentor: Julie Wartell)